Friday News 3-26-2021

Friday’s News & Updates!

March 26, 2021

Happy Friday!

It has been so wonderful to have the windows open and feel the breeze this week! I hope you have had an opportunity to go out and enjoy this wonderful spring weather.

Thank you all for participating in our Reopening Town Hall last week during coffee hour. Your feedback and thoughts are helping us prepare for the time that we can safely come back together and meet once again face-to-face. I hope that you all are staying safe, and that those of you who have gotten all of your vaccinations are able to safely expand your bubble a little more. So many of you have told me that you are making plans to visit your grandchildren in the next few weeks, and I can say that gives me so much hope for when I am able to hug my grandparents again without worry of getting them sick. Thank you all for being an amazing community who has stayed so strong and connected this past year. The light at the end of the tunnel is certainly getting brighter and I cannot wait until I get to see you all gathered in the sanctuary once again!

And, as always, my weekly reminder, if you would like an announcement in the Friday News, please email me no later than Wednesday at 8:00 pm with FRIDAY NEWS in the subject line.

Virtual hugs,

Kelli McNeal
Director of Congregational Life
kelli@firstuucolumbus.org
(614) 706-3282

Announcements at a Glance

FIRST UU SERVICES AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
  • Sunday Service – 3/21
  • Congregational Survey
  • Participate in Isabel’s Ordination
  • COVID Vaccine Assistance
  • Join the Pastoral Team!
  • Soul Matters March Packets
FIRST UU CLASSES
  • Children and Youth RE – 3/28
  • Spiritual Practices – 3/29
  • Conversations on Race – 4/8
  • UU History 101 Registration
FIRST UU JUSTICE OPPORTUNITIES
  • Democracy and Human Rights Working Group – 3/31
  • Easter Ham Drive

First UU Ways to Connect

Sunday Service – Nevertheless She Persisted
Join us Sunday, March 28th, as Kelli McNeal explores what it would look like to be a community of perseverance. Do you remember when Mitch McConnell said of Elizabeth Warren, “She had appeared to violate the rule. She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted.” Ever since those words were uttered, I’ve wondered where we as UUs, in our commitment to fairness, equality and justice, are being called to persist despite appearing to violate the rules, being warned, and being given an explanation. And how does community help us to continue this commitment?
Congregational Future Vision Survey
Dear First UU Members and Friends,

We have developed a three part survey – as part of the Board’s strategic planning process, to guide our church into the future. Part one provides the opportunity to tell church leadership why you are here, how we are currently embodying our vision, and where you want us to go in the future.

Please respond ASAP here:
https://surveynuts.com/surveys/take?id=215197&c=9423046253PJNR

Your input is essential to our visioning and planning! This year has been unique and challenging for our congregation. We hope you will reflect on your experiences before the pandemic, and consider where to from here as we prepare to return to our building and forge a new future together.

The survey will remain open until 3/21, or until we get enough responses to reach statistical significance. Paper copies of the survey can be provided upon request. Later we will provide a summary of our findings to the congregation, and the other two survey sections will go live this summer or autumn. Thank you for your participation!

-First UU Board of Trustees 

How to Participate in Isabel’s Ordination!
The theme for this joyous occasion is, “Let it Be a Dance,” based on one of our most popular hymns. As part of the service, we will present a montage of joy using dance/movement.  We are hiring a professional to stitch together all the videos, kind of like a virtual choir, to the hymn “Let it Be a Dance.” Would you like to participate? There is no age limit here, and all bodies are welcome – you don’t have to be a professional to “let it be a dance!” Here’s an inspirational example made by Isabel and Karen Nekervis.

To participate, click this link, which has more information and allows you to choose between submitting your own video recording or joining in a Zoom gathering where a recording will be done for you. Please reply today! Zoom gatherings will be scheduled over the next few days. Videos are due today, but we can give you a few more days if you need it.  We will be using this version, sung by our own Brandon Moss and Michaela Jones, to Nathan Hammond’s accompaniment. If you have questions, use the link above to ask them or write to Isabel Call.

First UU Wants to help YOU get the Covid Vaccine!
Are you eligible to get the Covid vaccine, but you aren’t sure how to make an appointment, or need help getting to an appointment? Our Pastoral Team wants to help you. Reach out to Isabel Call for more information and assistance in getting this life saving vaccine. If you are fully vaccinated (meaning 2 weeks past your last vaccination) and would feel comfortable driving people to their appointments, CRC is looking for volunteers. Please fill out this volunteer application.

We also wanted to let you know that you do not need to be an OSU patient to get your Covid vaccine at the Schottenstein Center. Just Call 614-688-VAXX(8299) to get set up so you can schedule an appointment when you are eligible.

Interdependent Caring Web
Though the pandemic is waning, our community faces an uneven recovery. There continues to be a need for connection. Do you have an ear to lend and a heart to open to your fellow First UUers? Isabel invites you to a one-on-one conversation to consider whether the Pastoral Team of the UU Cares Network might be a fit for you. Pastoral Team members receive quarterly training and one or more pastoral connections to call at least monthly. UU Cares Network participants offer peer-based connection as often as the pair desires. Please send Isabel a note or give her a call (614) 427-3678, and you can set up a conversation!
March Soul Matters Packets are Here!
Our March Soul Matters Packets on Commitment have all been mailed. You can find the digital versions here: General Packet (for all ages); Soulful Home(UU activities to do as a family); Chalice Home (tips for creating sacred space at home).

FIRST UU CLASSES

 For Children & Youth! 
This Sunday, March 28th 
11:10am* Peace Pals choir for 5-10years 
*begins 5 minutes after service ends 
12noon Religious Exploration for 7-12years
3pm Navigators Scouting SeniorsNext Sunday, April 4thNo RE Classes – Holiday BreakSunday, April 11th 
12noon Religious Exploration for 3-7years
1pm Youth Group for 12-19years 

Sunday, April 18th 
11:10am* Peace Pals choir for 5-10years 
*begins 5 minutes after service ends 
12noon Religious Exploration for 7-12years
3pm Navigators Scouting Stargazers 

RE Class Schedule 2020-2021 
Church Google Calendar 

Email Amber, Director of RE, for more info!

Conversations on Race
Join Rev. Marian and Rev. Kendyl Gibbons (All Souls Kansas City) for our next Conversations on Race. Over 7 sessions, we will be working our way through the book Caste by Isabel Wilkerson. Join us from 3:30-5:00, Thursday afternoons starting April 8th. Stay tuned for more information.
Faith Forward – UU History 101

UU History 101 is a 7 session introduction to concepts and people from our history. In this series, we approach history from the starting point of compelling stories and personalities. We will explore the questions those people faced, and make connections with our own lives and the world around us today. The overarching question is: how can history be translated into our religious life and practice? In addition to learning about history, we hope you will learn about yourselves. Registration is open now, and classes will start Monday, April 12th at 7:00 pm.Visit our website to learn more about Faith Forward, register for the UU History class, and see the other incredible courses that are being offered next!

FIRST UU JUSTICE OPPORTUNITIES

Democracy & Human Rights JAM Working Group

The 2020 election is safely behind us, and we can see progress on many fronts with a new, vibrant, and forward-thinking administration. However, threats to true democracy are rearing their ugly heads all around us. UUs everywhere are coming together to support human rights initiatives that now seem possible – although threatened!

First UU’s Democracy and Human Rights Working Group invites you to our virtual relaunch meeting on Wednesday March 31, 6:00-7:00 PM. One focus of our meeting will be to plan our local involvement in UU Justice Ohio’s (UUJO) state-wide action on April 9th to oppose several bills in the Ohio legislature that will restrict the right to protest.

We can also focus on areas of voting access, voter registration and engagement, redistricting, corporate money in elections, and so much more. To receive Zoom links and additional information, or if you are interested but can’t join us on the 31st, please email contact-democracy-and-human-rights@firstuucolumbus.org.

Easter Ham Drive
First UU member Jacques is preparing his annual Easter ham drive for Franklin County families. Last year, with your help, we were able to give hams and meal fixings to 87 families for Easter. He estimates that about $30 pays for a ham with meal fixings for an average family. At least half the families he is in contact with are immigrant families and all families are very low income. Donations can be mailed to him or dropped off at his home. Gift cards for Kroger, Aldi, or Walmart are convenient for the families also. Please contact him at (614)439-0245 for more information. Donations are needed by March 29.